Among the truly original jewels created by Van Cleef & Arpels, the ‘Zip’ necklaceis the most distinct. Elevating the humble zipper into a sophisticated piece of jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels credits the idea to the Duchess of Windsor. In 1938, she asked Renée Puissant, the Maison’s artistic director from 1926 to 1942 and daughter of Alfred Van Cleef, to create a jewel inspired by the zip fastener,…
As September’s birthstone, sapphire reigns supreme this month, and a quartet of exceptional sapphire jewels by Hemmerle is the perfect way to start the month.
Hemmerle earrings with tanzanites and sapphires set in silver and white gold. Photo courtesy of Hemmerle.
Three earrings in innovative and new designs and a signature ring showcase the sapphire in all its beauty with varying shades of blue.…
This holiday weekend marks the last unofficial days of summer, and it’s only fitting to close out the season with a splash…of color! The theme for this week’s Estate Jewelry Round Up is, if you haven’t already guessed, endless shades of summer – gorgeous jewels in a riot of color.
Hit the beach and soak up the last rays of the warm sun because the cool autumn air will rush in before we even know…
For its 100th anniversary, Cartier fêtes the panther with the new Panthère de Cartier II collection. See more over on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5qL @cartier #pantheredecartier #100years #cartier #panther #pride
This year marks the 100th anniversary since Cartier introduced its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots. From then onwards, the panther has endured as the French jewelry brand’s most recognizable icon. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Maison has created it’s most extensive Panthère de Cartier high jewelry collection to date.
Comprised of fifty-six jewels, the 2014 ‘Panthère de Cartier II’ collection elevates the historic feline in a multitude of new, imaginative designs while also incorporating unprecedented materials. The transformative feline comes to life in modern pieces that explore each facet of its personality, from playful and wild to ferocious and tactile. A frisky panther coyly wraps its tale around the wrist in an onyx, diamond and emerald bracelet while a more majestic rendition in yellow gold with enamel spots proudly bestrides an impressive citrine in a pendant.
The most striking, however, is a gold ring whose geometric openwork design depicts a fierce panther with intense tsavorite garnet eyes, whose intense roar, though not audible, readily conveys its immense power.
Whether designed more figuratively than anatomically, and vice versa, the range of the panther’s inspiration for the new collection knows no bounds. The contemporary combination of structuralism and minimalism brings this historic figure to the 21st century, a panther for today and tomorrow. Striking in every way, the new collection honors Cartier’s most precious predator and beloved feline with a modern grandeur and audacious sophistication fit for a Lord of the Jungle.Cartier Celebrates 100 Years of the Panthère This year marks the 100th anniversary since Cartier introduced its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots.
Sotheby’s kicks off its autumn auction season with a loaded Important Jewels sale this September. Rather than endless lots of diamonds and rare colored stones with million dollar estimates, the 428-lot sale is packed with great jewelry – fabulous signed and period jewels with estimates below $100,000. That’s not to say diamonds don’t have a presence, they most certainly do. The highest estimated lot is a 22.79-carat brilliant cut diamond with H color and VS1 clarity (est. $1.y to $2.2 million).
The top lots that aren’t diamonds or precious stones shine the brightest in the sale, led by Schlumberger’s ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ (est. $150,000 to $250,000). A few other whimsical Schlumberger brooches will also be offered alongside the fantastical, iconic bird of a brooch.
Coming off a $1,000,000 plus auction price this summer, another Bulgari Serpenti watch (est. $125,000 – $150,000) is sure to cause a bidding war when it hits the auction block. These iconic pieces by the Italian jewelry house continue to be in high demand for jewelry collectors and connoisseurs.
For collectors of David Webb, plenty of pieces designed by the American jeweler abound with highlights including a pair of diamond pendant earrings with interchangeable enamel and diamond earring jackets by David Webb (est. $1 to $1.5 million); a vibrant and bold emerald, diamond, coral, amethyst and enamel pendant necklace (est. $90,000 – $120,000); and two impressive chimera bracelets – one made of azurmalachite, ruby and diamond (est. $80,000 – $120,000) and the other more voluminous version composed of rock crystal, diamond and ruby (est. $80,000 – $120,000).
In addition to Webb, there are signed jewels by the most prestigious jewelers including the usual suspects of Bulgari, Buccellati, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, and more. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the sale.
PAIR OF DIAMOND PENDANT-EARRINGS WITH THREE INTERCHANGEABLE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL EARRING JACKETS, THE EARRING JACKETS BY DAVID WEBB – Estimate $1,000,000 to $1,500,000
18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, PÂTE-DE-VERRE, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL BANGLE-BRACELET, FRANCE – Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
PLATINUM AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CARTIER, PARIS – Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
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Sotheby’s Important Jewels – New York – September 23rd, 2014 Sotheby’s kicks off its autumn auction season with a loaded Important Jewels sale this September. Rather than endless lots of diamonds and rare colored stones with million dollar estimates, the 428-lot sale is packed with great
Plenty of great gold bracelets to choose from in the upcoming September auctions at @Sothebys @bonhams1793 and #skinnerinc - Read about my favorite picks on the blog: http://wp.me/p2EoMO-5pt @lovegoldlive #lovegold #primavesiandkaufmann #bracelet at #sothebys #importantjewelsny